TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,


‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
   nor the human heart conceived,


what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are discerned spiritually. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.


‘For who has known the mind of the Lord
   so as to instruct him?’


But we have the mind of Christ.

Discussion

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

Like yesterday’s reading from the daily devotional for the Narrative Lectionary, Paul is still riffing on wisdom today. We get a closer look at what he’s trying to get at.

God’s wisdom, he said, is deep and it isn’t like the wisdom of this world. No, he said. It’s the wisdom only revealed to those who look at the cross and do not see shame or death, but new life, ready to burst forth!

More than ever, we have an opportunity to see this new, deep wisdom in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. One day, there will be a new day. One day, this, too, shall pass. Will we take the opportunity to see that the new life given us is to be treasured? That every moment we can share in the presence of a stranger waiting in line at the grocery checkout is a gift?

The pandemic will continue to challenge us and many sad days are still ahead. Still, one death can show anyone the value of the precious nature of all our lives. And that can bear fruit in each of us.

Do I take the time to recall the gifts around

me and thank God for God’s true, deep wisdom?